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Articles from Vol. 277, No. 9, September 29

'Behold, the Head of a Neocon!'
Beating up on neocons used to be a specialized sport without wide appeal. With all due false modesty I offer myself as an early practitioner. Back in the mid-to-late-1970s, when I had a weekly column in the Village Voice, I used to have rich sport...
Bush's Unreality Show
Competing in prime time with a docudrama celebrating his heroics after the attacks of September 11, 2001, George W. Bush delivered a Sunday-night speech to his fellow Americans on the situation in Iraq. In the Showtime docudrama, DC 9/11, conservative...
Children Left Behind
In his State of the Union speech this past January, President Bush appeared to make a compassionate gesture toward children with incarcerated parents when he proposed an initiative that would include a three-year, $150-million program to provide them...
Chile, 9/11/73: Declassified Documents Reveal the US Government's Role in the Pinochet Coup
On September 14, 1970, a deputy to then-National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger wrote him a memo, classified SECRET/ SENSITIVE, arguing against covert operations to block the duly elected Chilean socialist Salvador Allende from assuming the presidency....
Free Trade Is War
On Monday, seven antiprivatization activists were arrested in Soweto for blocking the installation of prepaid water meters. The meters are a privatized answer to the fact that millions of poor South Africans cannot pay their water bills. The new...
Led by Dean, the Democrats Attack
After a summer of tending to the grassroots, the Democrats who aspire to their party's 2004 presidential nomination were busy harvesting support from key constituencies around Labor Day. Former House minority leader Dick Gephardt unveiled his twelfth...
Lessons of a Catastrophe: Chile Was a Democracy, Yet Tyranny Triumphed-In the Name of Fighting Terror
It can't happen here. Thirty years ago that is what we chanted, that is what we sang, on the streets of Santiago de Chile. It can't happen here. There can never be a dictatorship in this country, we proclaimed to the winds of history that were...
Remembering Allende: His Dual Commitment to Socialism and Democracy Ought to Be a Model Today
It's enough to review once more that last, final black-and-white photograph of Salvador Allende to glimpse the apparent contradictions of his life and legacy on this, the thirtieth anniversary of his death, and that of his Popular Unity government....
Send in the Clowns
I was a child who, when taken to the circus, spent all her time trying to see past the greasepaint and illusion. "The flipper-footed man in the Raggedy Andy wig looks worried about something," I'd whisper to my mother. It was an exasperating trait...
The Soul of Capitalism: A Transformation of Wall Street's Core Values Is Possible, Using Financial Tools
If capitalism were someday found to have a soul, it would probably be located in the mystic qualities of capital itself. The substance begins simply enough as personal savings and business profits, then flows like oxygen through labyrinthine channels...
Tokyo Story
LOST IN TRANSLATION * MATCHSTICK MEN A Love Affair for the postcollege, flirting-with-Buddhism set, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a travelogue of the emotions, concerned with the deepening relationship between a playful, bored, world-famous...
Why Estrada Went Down
A few hours after Miguel Estrada withdrew his name for a judgeship on the Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC, Circuit, a leading Senate liberal was asked about the meaning of the two-year fight. "Estrada was a sacrificial lamb," this senator,...